Valentina Shevchenko Praises Sister Antonia After Katlyn Chookagian Loss

Valentina ShevchenkoUFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has heaped praise on her sister, Antonia Shevchenko, despite her dominant decision loss at the hands of former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian at UFC on ESPN 9 this past weekend. ‘Blonde Fighter’ controlled Shevchenko from start to finish in the fight and basically put on a beating for the full […]

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UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has heaped praise on her sister, Antonia Shevchenko, despite her dominant decision loss at the hands of former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian at UFC on ESPN 9 this past weekend. ‘Blonde Fighter’ controlled Shevchenko from start to finish in the fight and basically put on a beating for the full 15 minutes in the nights feature preliminary bout.

Chookagian was coming fresh off a title shot against the other Shevchenko sister Valentina. In that fight, the roles were reversed and it was ‘Bullet’ who dictated the fight and forced the stoppage inside three rounds at UFC 247 in February.

Speaking after watching her sister suffer her second loss inside the octagon Valentina had nothing but praise for Antonia and said she will always back her no matter what.

“No matter what, Valentina wrote. “I will always love you my dear sister! You are my inspiration, my support and the dearest person in whole world! I feel so bad I couldn’t be at your corner this time because of my injury. But I am always by your side.”

The older Shevchenko sister Antonia also took to social media to react to the loss against Chookagian. The 35-year-old posted a picture showing the damage she suffered in the fight alongside a caption that let fans know she’ll be back better than ever next time, it read.

“MMA is a tough sport, but it’s my destiny and I will come back stronger.”

Do you think Antonia Shevchenko will be able to replicate the success of her sister Valentina Shevcehnko after a second UFC loss?

UFC Rumors: Jessica Eye vs. Cynthia Calvillo to Main Event Fight Night in June

Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo are set to headline June 13’s UFC Fight Night event in a flyweight bout. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported the pair had agreed to the main event, though no location for the fight has been determined…

Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo are set to headline June 13’s UFC Fight Night event in a flyweight bout. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported the pair had agreed to the main event, though no location for the fight has been determined…

Weili Zhang Targeting Valentina Shevchenko Fight

Zhang Valentina ShevchenkoZhang Looking To Become Two-Division Champ UFC women’s strawweight champion Weili Zhang is looking to add another strap to her collection. Zhang successfully defended her title after a 25-minute war with Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 back in March in what many regard to be greatest female mixed martial arts fight of all time. Having […]

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Zhang Looking To Become Two-Division Champ

UFC women’s strawweight champion Weili Zhang is looking to add another strap to her collection.

Zhang successfully defended her title after a 25-minute war with Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 back in March in what many regard to be greatest female mixed martial arts fight of all time.

Having already become the UFC’s first champion from China, that win further solidified Zhang as a household name back home — so much so that fans are now able to recognize her even with protective gear on.

“When I came back to China last month, I was recognized by fans in the (Tianjin) airport, which was amazing because I was wrapped in a protective suit,” she said in a recent conference call (via The Straits Times).

“Now even when I go running outside, I am recognized as well. I feel very good about this and I am glad to see more and more people get to know me and the sport of MMA.”

Zhang is looking to further challenge herself.

Although she currently boasts of just one title defense, “Magnum” is already targeting a second title in the form of Valentina Shevchenko’s women’s flyweight belt.

“If possible, I also want to challenge in the next weight (division) up and fight with that champion (flyweight title holder Valentina Shevchenko),” Zhang added.

It’s not the first time she has spoken of a potential champion vs. champion fight with Shevchenko. Even before her win against Jedrzejczyk, Zhang spoke of wanting that matchup.

Shevchenko, however, wasn’t as reciprocative.

Do you think we’ll see this fight in the near future?

Valentina Shevchenko Broke Some Of Halle Berry’s Bones During ‘Bruised’ Filming

Shevchenko BerryHollywood actress Halle Berry didn’t go unscathed while filming “Bruised” alongside UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. In the movie, Berry plays an MMA fighter and her main rival is played by Shevchenko. Naturally, there would be fight scenes involved and given that Berry was doing her own stunts, she ended up breaking some of […]

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Hollywood actress Halle Berry didn’t go unscathed while filming “Bruised” alongside UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko.

In the movie, Berry plays an MMA fighter and her main rival is played by Shevchenko. Naturally, there would be fight scenes involved and given that Berry was doing her own stunts, she ended up breaking some of her bones.

That said, she only heaped praise on “Bullet” as she couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with.

“I broke some stuff on this one,” Berry said on The Tonight Show (via MMA Fighting). “It’s OK, I always get hurt but I realized that when you go hard, you’re bound to get hurt. When you do your own stunts, you’re bound to get hurt.

“In this movie, I was fighting the real UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, and you know what? She had to throw some real kicks and I had to really take them and that really broke some bones. She’s a beast but I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher, a better scene mate, a better fight partner.”

At times, it even felt like the pair were actually fighting during filming. But that’s a testament to Shevchenko given her vast knowledge and experience in combat sports.

“She just brought so much reality to it for me. At times, I felt like I was really fighting,” Berry added. “Like our referee that was in the movie is a real referee and he says a couple times ‘man I thought I was watching a real fight’ because she brought so much power and authenticity to our fight scenes.”

The duo have certainly become close with Berry recently attending and embracing Shevchenko following her win over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 in February.

The movie is currently in post-production with no release date as of now.

What do you make of Shevchenko and Berry working together on an MMA movie?

UFC Champion Valentina Shevchenko Hopes For August Return

UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is gunning for a return in August. Shevchenko was scheduled to put her 125-pound gold on the line against Joanne Calderwood in June. Those plans went awry but it wasn’t due to the coronavi…

UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is gunning for a return in August. Shevchenko was scheduled to put her 125-pound gold on the line against Joanne Calderwood in June. Those plans went awry but it wasn’t due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shevchenko underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL. Shevchenko Wants To Return In August […]

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Watch 14-Year-Old Valentina Shevchenko Defeat 25-Year-Old In Kickboxing (Video)

ShevchenkoUFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is one of the most accomplished and feared fighters on the planet. And that was validated even further after recent posts on Tuesday which showcased Shevchenko at 14 years of age fighting an opponent who was 11 years her senior in a kickboxing bout in Oman. Unsurprisingly, she came […]

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UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is one of the most accomplished and feared fighters on the planet.

And that was validated even further after recent posts on Tuesday which showcased Shevchenko at 14 years of age fighting an opponent who was 11 years her senior in a kickboxing bout in Oman.

Unsurprisingly, she came out on top.

“14 years old me , and my opponent of 25 years old ? One of the first professional fights in my martial arts carrier !”

You can see footage of the fight below:

“14 years oldme ,and myopponent of 25 yearsold ?One of the first professionalfights in my martial arts carrier! It took place in Oman.That time female fights in Muslimcountries was kind of rare)They tried force me to put on the helmet, but having my rebel character- I refused ?”

18 years later and Shevchenko, now 32, currently reigns as the 125-pound queen with no equal in her weight division. Her most recent victory was a dominant TKO win over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 in February.

Her next title defense was scheduled for UFC 251 against Joanne Calderwood in June. However, she had to pull out from the contest due to an ongoing leg injury.

What do you make of the old footage of Shevchenko?